Hyderabad: “I was just 14 years when I made my on-screen debut with Tamil film Kanda Naal Mudhal helmed by a woman, filmmaker V Priya. Now, I chanced upon working with some talented women technicians in the craft. We’re in 2021 and we talk about woman empowerment. I hope this is a new beginning to start something beautiful. Thankful to producers Shobhu Yarlagadda and Allu Aravind for encouraging new talent in the industry,” said actor Regina Cassandra during the launch of an upcoming web series.
Led by writer Saumya, the series is directed by Pallavi Gangireddy and stars Niveditha and Brochevarevarura fame Naresh Agastya in the lead roles, besides Regina.
Telugu film production companies Aha and Arka have come together to bankroll the suspense thriller. With seven episodes, the web series is tentatively scheduled to release on Christmas this year.
Allu Aravind said, “I am happy for the way Aha has been breaking records with a staggering 11 million people downloading the app to watch the content. This journey couldn’t have been possible without the support of Telugu audiences. I’ve been seeking a collaboration with Arka’s Shobu Yarlagadda. It has finally manifested now, and he joined us along with young director Pallavi.
The journey with Shobu isn’t new. We travelled along for the movie Vedam when I was a silent partner for the movie long back.”
Coming to the web series, Allu Aravind said it is a strange story though the genre is not new to audiences. “I should appreciate Saumya Sharma for coming up with the story through her conviction. I’ve had a plan to bring a stellar cast for the series, but Pallavi and producer Shobu insisted on casting Regina and Niveditha, who are playing siblings in the series. Shobu has a technical obsession for any film project while the subject of profit-making goes down his priority list,” Aravind laughs.
Producer Shobu described Aravind as a “fun energy person whenever I meet Aravid garu for a project”. “And it’s even more pleasurable to be working with Aha. I need to first congratulate Aravind for the immense success of OTT platform Aha. Eleven million downloads is not an easy task because there is so much competition. Saumya wrote the story during lockdown to beat her boredom and it turned out to be so fascinating that it was approved in one go. It was so beautiful we felt like we’re all in love with the script,” he added.